Motorcycle License in Hawaii

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If you purchase a motorcycle in Hawaii, the law requires you to apply for a Class 2 license before riding your motorcycle on public roads and streets. The process of obtaining a Class 2 license is almost similar to that of a regular driver’s license. What differs slightly is the testing phase.

Requirements for a Hawaii Motorcycle License


The law requires all applicants of a Hawaii motorcycle license to be at least 18 years old. However, if you are younger than 18 years old, you will be required to first apply for an instruction permit and hold it for 90 days before you apply for a permanent Hawaii motorcycle license. All applicants will also be required to pass a driving skills course as a process of obtaining a motorcycle license. It can be confusing if you don’t know where to start from. Luckily, there is a Motorcycle Manual at your disposal if you are still confused on where to start from.


If you are applying for a license for the first time, you will be required to present documents that provide proof of:

  • Social Security number.
  • Identity.
  • Legal presence.
  • Residency.

For verification purposes, all documents submitted must be original or certified.

Testing Requirements

Vision Tests

The law requires you to pass an eye exam. All is not lost if you fail the vision test. You will need to obtain corrective lenses from an ophthalmologist before proceeding to retaking the test.

Sign and Road Marking Identification

As part of the eye exam, you will be required to pass sign identification questions. This test is designed to measure how you view color and tests your understanding of basic road markings and signs.

Written Exam

If you don’t have a Class 3 license for cars and you plan to apply for a Class 2 license, you will be required to take motorcycle-specific exam and normal general knowledge test. If you have a Class 3 license for cars at the time of applying for a Class 2 license, you will not be required to take general knowledge test. These tests come with multiple choices. All answers for these questions can be found in the respective manuals. Once you pass these tests, you will be issued with a temporary learner’s permit. This permit is valid for 1 year.

On-Road Skills Test

This test is designed to measure your ability to handle a motorcycle on some critical situations. It assesses your proficiency in the following situations:

  • Sharp turn.
  • Cone weave.
  • Normal stop.
  • Quick stop.
  • Obstacle turn.
  • U-turn.

To get an overview on how each question is set, consult the Motorcycle Manual.